Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Communication and Informatics Budi Arie Setiadi invited the Indonesian diaspora to take part in the national digital transformation.

“I invite (Indonesian) diaspora, who are knowledgeable in digital transformation, to offer feedback regarding the direction of development for digital transformation in Indonesia,” Minister Setiadi stated in a press release received here on Friday.

The statement was made during the minister’s meeting with the Indonesian diaspora in Spain at Hotel Sofia, Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday (February 27).

The minister stated that his side has a consistent view of digitalization as an inevitability in human civilization and a national economic driver.

He urged the Indonesian diaspora in Spain to contribute to Indonesia. In his opinion, thoughts and feedback from the Indonesian diaspora are important for Indonesia to develop and contribute to global development for the next one to two decades.

“Indonesia needs the diaspora’s contribution to keep developing,” he affirmed.

Minister Setiadi expressed hope that the Indonesian diaspora would actively contribute to national interests. He also suggested a Nation Call action to coordinate with all diaspora for the country’s cause.

The minister noted that several countries are competing for Indonesia’s good-quality human resources.

“Now, we need to formulate our national interest, so that we do not fall behind other countries,” he stated.

On the occasion, Minister Setiadi affirmed that the government is working unwaveringly to minimize inter-regional inequality and also targets a reduction in the number of underdeveloped regions in Indonesia.

One of the steps taken by the ministry is to provide internet access for underdeveloped regions.

“Last year, we inaugurated (a Base Transceiver Station) in Talaud with President Joko Widodo. Base Transceiver Station (BTS) networks (are available) in Indonesia, especially in the disadvantaged, outermost, and frontier regions,” he remarked.

Minister Setiadi pointed out that of the 74 thousand villages in Indonesia, nine thousand are still underdeveloped.

“I worked as Deputy Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration for three years, so I know some things about villages. Indonesia has 74,961 villages, and currently, underdeveloped villages reach nine thousand,” he stated.

“I am sure, with volition, hopefully, we can eliminate underdeveloped villages,” he affirmed.

All attendees at the meeting received a biography titled “Jokowi Makes Indonesia’s Dream a Reality” that is translated into Spanish to “Jokowi Hace Realidad El Sueno de Indonesia: Comprender el desarrollo basado en el carácter y los valores humanos.”

The book, written by Darmawan Prasodjo, tells the story of President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi's) leadership in mapping Indonesia’s dreams and his achievements in developing the country's various sectors.

The book has also been translated into Korean and Arabic. Translation of the book into Japanese, Chinese, and Swahili is currently underway.

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Translator: Fathur Rochman, Yuni Arisandy
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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